Day four in atom crunching…

The weather the past two days was…to be nice…wet. Occasional heavy thunderstorms interspersed with steady rain. Short periods of local street flooding. One of the changes I have seen in my half century in SE Texas (particularly the flat coastal plain) is the change in road building styles and flood handling concepts. In my younger days all roads were raised in this part of the country, with bar ditches on both sides for runoff. At some point it was decided that the roads themselves would be the ditches with subsurface drainage to empty the pools that would form. In general it has worked. But this area is prone to heavy thunderstorms where rainfall amounts can reach 3-6 inches an hour and the storms have a tendency to stall in one spot, or worse do what the weather prognosticators call train. When a storm starts training it keeps rebuilding in one location and trailing away over the same area for hours. These types of storms regularly drop half a foot of rain or more in relatively short time. Luckily, nothing this weekend was that bad…But the outside temperature this morning before sunup is already moving into the upper half of the 70’s with the humidity at 97%. Gonna be a great day for driving around Houston.

I see my friends in the mountains of the Blue Ridges are going to be living with temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s today. Looks like another year for the record books. We are going to get tired of hearing how each year is the hottest since we began keeping records soon. Especially as Congress can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that America we have a problem.

Off this afternoon for treatment #4. So far all goes well. I guess I should get a photo to document I really do have a ponytail again after all these years before it all comes falling out…Later folks, I gotta roll.

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